Eliminate Your Fears And Doubts About COVID 19. -Share These Secrets With Your Friends To Save A Life
COVID 19 has caused a lot of panic in the whole world. You have come across vast information on how to protect yourself against COVID-19. However, some of the new measures come in daily. Therefore, in this article, you will learn the current dos and don’ts from world-renowned health professionals to help in controlling the pandemic.
1. Never Think You Are Immune to Covid-19 virus
COVID 19 can infect anybody regardless of whether you are young or old. Do not think that COVID-19 would only affect people with compromised immune systems. If you bost that you are young and this disease can not catch up with you, then you are cheating yourself. Statistics across the world have proven that COVID-19 is infecting even the youths and that no one is safe in contracting the disease. Teenagers are becoming more vulnerable since the majority are not showing the symptoms even after contracting the disease. It is causing many youths to be infected ‘silently.’ Please go for testing also if you are asymptomatic.
2. Do Not Buy The Mask Anywhere.
Be cautious when always purchase your mask in streets or open places. Many criminals have taken advantage of hawking the covers that are sprayed by chemicals that will make you dizzy or interfere with your activeness. After they have sold the mask to you, they will follow you up to your house or wherever you will be going. After you have lost your senses, they will rob you of everything.
3. Never Think Social Distancing Is Ending Any Time Soon.
The WHO warns that the pandemic will not end any time soon, and therefore we should learn to stay with it by adhering to the precautionary measures they gave out. So, it still not time to go to gatherings.
4. Be Wary Of Going To Crowded Places
The pandemic is spreading like fire, with the majority not showing the symptoms. Keep away from the crowded places as much as possible to reduce your chances of being infected. Remember, the majority are asymptomatic-may be you are one of them, and you are not aware. If you avoid crowding places, you are protecting yourself as well as the lives of your friends. You will not only reduce the chances of being infected but also reduce the spread of the disease.
5. Do Not Throw The Used Masks Anyhow.
It is alarming that used masks are being thrown anyhow after using the masks. It is posing even more danger to the community. Throwing them anyhow exposes people to even more risk. Please follow the WHO or the ministry of health guidelines for disposing of used masks.
6. Do Not Think That the COVID 19 Pandemic is ending soon
You should adapt to the changes that have been brought by the pandemic. Our initial social interaction will not resume soon.COVID 19 is here to stay. Just learn how you can adapt to the changes and find something to do. If you lost a job, start doing something to earn you a living because there are low chances to go back to your usual duties if you lost your job.
7. Criminals Are Using COVID 19 Pandemic To Steal
Recently, the WHO warned the world about the increase of cyber hackers who are pretending to be from WHO. These criminals are sending fraudulent emails, messages, or malicious files. When you open the links, the criminals can easily access your private and sensitive data, which they use to steal money from your account. Also, to have been reported that some robbers wearing surgical masks made away with dozens of dollars in Carolina. You should, therefore, be watchful on links you click on social media so that you don’t be a victim. You can watch on the video below to see how the pandemic is facilitating criminal activity.
8. Do Not Panic
During this pandemic, many have panicked, and this has affected their life negatively. If you have stress, you can seek help from your friend, professionals, family member, or anyone you trust within your community. If you panic, your immunity may be compromised, and you may be vulnerable to the disease.
9. Do Not Forget To Wear A Mask
Wearing a protective-mask is one of the best ways of preventing yourself from getting the disease. Surprisingly, it has become a habit where some people are wearing masks under their chins. You should wear the mask properly by covering your mouth and nose.
10. Avoid Touching Your Face
Even if you wear the mask, most of your face remains uncovered. People have a tendency to touch their faces thinking that they are fully protected. You should avoid touching your face since your hands may still be contaminated. The contaminated hands may introduce the virus on your uncovers face unknowingly. If you have to it, ensure you sanitize your hands.
11. Avoid Alcohol
Recently, experts have found out that excess alcohol increase risk of contracting the disease. Alcohol leads to other health complications that make you even more vulnerable to COVID 19.
12. Never Wash Your Hands In Less Than 20 Seconds.
Hand washing is beneficial in removing the virus from your hands, but the only lif you do it properly. One way of ensuring proper hand washing is to it for 20 seconds or more. You can sing the ‘Happy birthday song’ to guide you at the time. If you wash your hands in less than 20 seconds, your hands will remain contaminated to transmit the COVID-19 virus.
Never Wash Your Hands on stand-still water.
You should use a tap running water in doing the hand washing. If you use water in a bowl or stand-still water to wash hour hands, the virus will find its way into the water. Dipping your hands again in the water will make your hands re-infected. Watch the video below on guidance on how to wash your hands properly.
13. Do Not Wear Any Type Of Mask
Many masks are not efficient and will not prevent the entry of the virus. You should wear the three-layered mask with the filter inside. Or the ones approved by the regulatory standards in your country. Do not be deceived by cheap protective-masks that will put your life at risk.
14. Avoid Shaking Of Hands.
Health professionals say that hands are potential landing places of the virus. TCOVID 19 can be transmitted easily from one person to another through the shaking of hands. So, avoid shaking of hands and opt for other forms of greeting that will ensure you keep a distance. You can simply wave at each other while you are at least 1.5 meters apart.
15. Never Wash Your Hands Without Soap
Do not wash your hands with water alone. Instead, ensure you use either liquid soap or bar soap for washing your hands. Experts say that soap has chemicals that p destroy the viral coat proteins. Do not apply little or excess soap. Just use an adequate amount of detergent. After washing your hands, you should dry your hands after washing them using a clean cloth.
16. Never Cough Openly
While coughing, you can use a disposable tissue or do it below your elbow. Ensure you cover your mouth and nose while coughing.
17.Sanitize Your Car Regularly
Research shows that the virus leading to coronavirus disease can land on different surfaces and stay there for some time. Car is one of the possible landing surfaces for the virus. Do not touch your vehicle, including car windows before sanitizing it. Always sanitize your car thoroughly using sanitizers or protective chemicals.
18. Do Not Open Your Door With Your Hands
Coronavirus can stay on hard surfaces like door handles for about two to three days. It is advisable to open or push your door with your elbow. Also, before you touch the handles, you should wash your hands with soap and running water.
19. Do Not Put On Any Mask
There are various types of masks available to prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Thes protective-masks have different designs, and they also vary in their effectiveness in preventing COVID 19. For instance, healthcare workers always put on medical masks due to their increased risk of getting the virus. However, there are standard masks that can be warned by the public. Always ensure you wear masks from licensed companies.
There are surgical masks designed to contain one’s droplets, thereby preventing your droplets from infecting people around you. According to Poston, Some masks can filter about 95% of both virus and bacteria particles. This N95 mask is the one healthcare worker always put on while on duty of taking care of COVID 19 patients.
20. Prefer Eating From Home Instead Of In Bars Or Restaurants
Many eateries have turned into bars while many bars have turned into eateries. Kenya’s ministry of health reported the case during one of the daily briefings on COVID 19. The department of health went ahead to say that after the governments ordered the closure of bars, they devised a way of playing hide and sick by selling alcohol illegally. It might be the case in many other countries. There is a high risk when you go to eat in restaurants because they are hotspots for the spread of coronavirus.
21. You Do Not Need To Spray Your Food Deliveries With Disinfectants
You need to wash your hands before and after touching the groceries or food packages. When you reach home, but the food packages in the right place. Before you eat, wash your hands for not less than twenty seconds
22. Never Touch Your Mask With Your hands
You can still be infected if you touch the outside part of your mask. That is why you should remove the protective-masks carefully for disposal. If you need to adjust them, always sanitize your hands. Proper removal of protective-masks involves pulling the mask out from the back of the ear where you tied the knots. Watch below how you should put on and remove your protective-mask properly.
23. Do Not Use Hand Sanitizer Wrongly
Many people are not accurately using sanitizer. They just put on hands and rub their fingers in a few seconds. When you are doing this, then you are not doing a favor to yourself. The same guidelines you use while washing your hands with running water and soap are similar when sanitizing your hands. According to Stephen Loyd, who is the Chief Medical Director at Journey pure, many people seem like only covering the back of their hands or palms but not sanitizing. They do not saturate their hands thoroughly.
Loyd says that proper hand sanitizing involves putting the sanitizer under your nails as well as in between your fingers and distribute the sanitizer evenly in your palm.
24. Always Exchange Your Mask Often During The Day
You should not wear the same mask the whole day. If you are going away from home, always carry multiple protective-masks that you can exchange during the day. When you wear protective-masks for a long time, it may accumulate more viruses that can infect you.
25. Do Not Overuse Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is antimicrobial. When you apply sanitizer to your skin, it kills both bacteria and viruses. If you overuse it, it may cause skin irritation besides killing some important microorganisms on the surface of your skin. Dr. Rhonda Kalasho, who is a dentist in Los Angeles, concurs with this thought.
26. Do Not Wet your mask
Your mask should always remain dry. Do not touch your protective-mask with your tongue. When the protective-masks get wet, it becomes less effective and increases the risk of being infected with the virus.
27. Do Not Use Chemicals To Spray Your Mask
You should avoid spraying your mask with any chemical for it to remain useful throughout. If chemical spills on the protective-mask, remove it properly and put on a new dry mask.
28. Let Hand Sanitizer Dry From Your Hands When Sanitizing
Most people make a mistake of not letting the hand sanitizer dry out when rubbing their hands during the sanitizing process. Moreover, some just put a drop of sanitizer then touch their face immediately. It is vital to let the sanitizer dry for it to work effectively, according to Husain.
29. Do Not Use Or Buy Any Hand Sanitizer
Just like all masks are not safe to use, some hand sanitizers are also not suitable for use. A proper hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol. Inna Hussain, a doctor from Chicago, says that more effective hand sanitizer should contain a higher percentage of alcohol
30. Do Not Wear The Mask Upside Down
The mask has a colored or textured front part and inner cotton-lie part. This design makes the mask to filter effectively any particle of the virus. Always ensure the front part if facing outwards while wearing the mask.
31. If You Have COVID 19 Symptoms Call The Designated Hotlines
According to health experts, symptoms of coronavirus range from asymptomatic to less severe ones. Some of the symptoms of coronavirus disease include; running nose, breathing difficulty, pain in the joints, sneezing, dry cough, and sore throat. When you suspect you have any of the symptoms mentioned, do not hesitate to call toll-free landline numbers for your local health workers.
32. Do Not Think If Your Temperature Is within Normal Range That Your Are COVID-19 Free.
Most people do not show symptoms of coronavirus. You will remain healthy even if you are h the virus. When a temperature measuring machine measures your temperature, you can be within the normal range. That is not something to make you happy. Continue following the WHO precautionary measures, and if good, get tested to be sure about your status.
33. Ensure You Have Enough Sleep.
Having enough sleep is crucial during this COVID 19 pandemic—the reason as to why you need good sleeping time to boost t your immune system. Also, adequate sleep will help you manage depression and stress. You will leave healthy enough to escape from this deadly virus.
34. Keep Hand Sanitizers Out Of Rich Children
Children will not know that hand sanitizer is harmful. Some may even go ahead and consume it and get poisoned. It is essential to say that some hand sanitizers have pleasant scents that can easily deceive children. Doctor Heather Finley, a pediatrician from Sterlingurges, urges everyone to be cautious about where you keep the sanitizers at home.
35. Avoid Touching Public Screens.
Several people may have touched public screens with unclean hands. Ensure you minimize your contact with these open surfaces that may pose your risk of being infected.
37. Do Not Stop Checking On Your Friends
Even though there should be social distance, there should be constant communication with your friends and community members. If you know any person who is vulnerable and is staying at home, keep on checking with them. You will save several people from suffering from anxiety, loneliness, and other social problems.
38. Do not stop eating a healthy diet.
Changing your diet plan is one of the best ways of boosting your immunity. Eat foods that contain all types of nutrients. Also, include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet.
39. Do Not Stop Exercising
When you exercise, your body becomes healthy and reduces the risk of getting other diseases like obesity that may increase your risk of being infected by the virus.
40. Do Not Spread False Information About The Pandemic
There is a lot of false information out there about this disease. Social media is the most place of spreading these myths about COVID 19. Before you share any news sent to you by a friend about the condition, be cautious, and also advise your friends not to do so. Spreading false information will just cause unnecessary panic, while others will make people reluctant in adhering to the precautionary measures.
41. Avoid Handling Cash
Many reports have shown that cash is a potential medium of spreading coronavirus. Always opt for online payments that are available from various financial institutions. Some banks have online apps that can facilitate transactions.
It is the role of each and everyone to help in managing and controlling this disease. Always stay updated on any new developments concerning the illness. After you have gone through the facts above, do not hesitate to share them with your friends to help save lives.
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